ENROLMENT FOR PREP 2022 IS NOW OPEN.
Prep 2022 – ENROLMENT Process
Your Prep child for 2022 needs to turn 5 years old by the 30th April 2022 to be eligible for enrolment.
As we are unable to hold school tours right now, we have put together a ‘virtual tour’ of Chandler Park Primary School. Please watch to find out more about our amazing school. You can find the link on the main page of this website.
Our School Zone
School zone info can be found below.
- Read the Information about the Enrolment document before you complete the enrolment form.
- Download the 2022 enrolment form and fill it out.
- Please bring all required documentation as listed on the information page.
Please call 03 97898 2228
For international callers please dial: 613 9798 2228
Transition for Parents
Dear future Prep parents, welcome to the first of our parent information session videos. Here is Jo Hillman, the Principal of Chandler Park Primary School, to welcome you all to our school community. Click on the following link to watch the video and listen to Jo’s message to you all:
Reading, Writing & Speaking
Dear future Prep parents, please meet Sandy Liddell who currently teaches our Grade 1 students. Sandy was our Literacy Learning Specialist here at Chandler Park Primary School in 2020. Sandy has made a series of three videos covering the main areas of Literacy; Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening.
Please follow the links below to find out more about each area.
Dear parents, here is Mark Chludzinski, one of our Grade 5/6 teachers at Chandler Park Primary School. Mark has put together some important information regarding the Technology we have here at school, as well as how we use it to both follow and enhance the curriculum. Please follow the link to find out more.
Hi, my name is Andrea Perkin and I’m the speech pathologist at Chandler Park Primary School. I work with children to support and develop their speech, language, literacy and social skills. I work with students individually and in small groups, typically within the junior years. I work collaboratively with the classroom teachers and parents to create suitable goals for students and run fun and engaging sessions to assist students to achieve their goals.
**Andrea has recently commenced Maternity Leave in Term 3, 2021 and we are currently in the process of finding a replacement whilst she is on leave.
Hello, my name is Lauren Chanter and I am the Occupational Therapist at Chandler Park Primary School. Within my role at the school, I work collaboratively with the lower primary years and their teachers to support children to participate as happy, healthy and successful learners.
I work with students within group, whole class and individual settings with a focus on supporting fine and gross motor development, sensory processing, play development, attention and concentration, self-care, emotional regulation and social skill development.
School Readiness Activities
There are a range of emotional, self-care, fine and gross motor skills your child will need by the time they are ready to start school. Please see below some activities you can do with your child prior to starting school to support the development of these skills and prepare them for a successful transition to school.
- Read stories with your child and practice sitting and listening to a 10 minute story. Where possible, practice sitting and listening with other children.
- Encourage your child to ask for help when having difficulty before you offer assistance.
- Explore different emotions with your child and encourage them to express how they’re feeling.
- Encourage imaginative play and teach your child how to play cooperatively with others through sharing toys and taking turns.
- Encourage your child to use the toilet independently and wipe themselves on their own
- Encourage eating food independently
- Practice dressing and undressing each day and try to only provide a small amount of help when needed. Please refer to the ‘Getting Dressed’ handout if your child is finding it difficult to dress and undress on their own.
- Please refer to ‘My School Routine’ handout in your prep transition packs for a useful and engaging visual schedule for students to support them in creating a school morning routine.
Fine motor skills are referring to your child’s ability to use of the small muscles in their hands and arms to manipulate small objects within their hands and fingers. There are many fun, engaging and cost effective activities you can practice with your child at home that will set them up for success for starting school. The following activities will support your child to develop their skills when using both hands working together, strengthen the muscles in their hands and support their ability to hold and manipulate objects. This is going to support their ability to use scissors, cut, paste, write, draw and hold a pencil correctly when they start school.
- Playdough Encourage pushing, pulling, pinching, squeezing, rolling and chopping with two fingers and scissors.
- Practice tracing, colouring within the lines, copying letters, shapes and numbers whilst encouraging your child to use a dominant hand.
- Gather small objects around the home (rubbers, toy cars, marbles, pom pom balls etc.) and sort small objects into colour, size and shape groups with one hand only.
- Practising tearing and scrunching paper to play finger hockey using the balls of paper as the puck and using the thumb and index finger to flick the paper.
- Practice using scissors to cut out shapes and paste them.
- Creating activities with pegs such as pegging as many clips onto a container as possible within a certain amount of time, label the pegs with letters and encourage putting the pegs on corresponding letters on a piece of paper. Incorporate using pegs within everyday life by having your child helping you peg the washing on the line.
- Peeling and placing stickers onto paper.
Gross motor skills involve your child’s ability to control the movement of their large muscles such as their legs. Gross motor skills will help your child to participate in PE, play on the playground at break times, run around and throw and catch balls. The following activities can be incorporated into play in fun and engaging ways to support your child to develop gross motor skills that will set them up for success when starting school.
- Jumping on the spot or to a simple beat.
- Jumping on stepping stone paths or hopscotch marked on the floor.
- Pretending to be animals that jump; frog, kangaroo, rabbit.
- Walking forwards, backwards, or sideways whilst balancing an object on their head.
- Standing with eyes closed on two legs and then only one.
- Create an obstacle course that requires crawling, jumping and hopping
- Playing frozen statues; Hold your body still in a position like a statue
- Bike riding
Throwing and Catching
- Rolling or throwing a ball to a partner
- Aiming and throwing balls at targets, into containers or washing baskets.
- Varying the way your child throws; over arm, under arm, one hand and two hands
- Making obstacle courses, inside or outside on the playground/with equipment
- Climbing over piles of cushions or over stable chairs
- Practice kneeling whilst completing activities.
- Play wheelbarrow races (holding your child at the knees at first).
- Walking like animals.
- Complete activities whilst laying on tummies or with feet flat on the floor
- Play on playground equipment
It’s Story Time
Welcome to Story Time at Chandler Park Primary.
We hope that you enjoy listening to some wonderful stories and getting to meet some of our current and former staff and students here at Chandler Park Primary School.
Our next story is read by Ms Chanter who is our fabulous Occupational Therapist at CPPS. She is reading “What do they do with all the poo from all the animals at the zoo?” by Anh Do. Do you know what really happens to the poo? Follow the link to listen to the story:
Our next story is another book read by the lovely Lauren Caldwell one of our former support staff members at CPPS. She is reading “The Wonky Donkey” by Craig Smith. I wonder if you have ever met a donkey that is quite this wonky! Follow the link to listen to the story:
Here is a story read by Lauren Caldwell one of our fabulous former support staff members at CPPS. She is reading “Where is the Green Sheep” by Mem Fox. See if you can spot Miss Lauren’s green sheep! Follow the link to listen to the story:
School Zone Information
Our school zone is available on findmyschool.vic.gov.au. Findmyschool hosts the most up-to-date information about Victorian school zones for 2022 onwards.
Students residing in this zone are guaranteed a place at our school, which is determined on the basis of your permanent residential address.
The Department provides guidance through the School Placement Policy to ensure that students have access to their designated neighbourhood school and the freedom to choose other schools, subject to facility limitations.
You can find more information and answers to frequently asked questions on the Department’s website under School zones.